Cars have brakes on all four wheels that operated using a hydraulic system. There are two different kinds of brakes: disc and drum. On disc brakes, when the brake pedal is pushed, pads with friction material grab the rotor, which rotates with the wheel, to stop the rotation. Drum brakes also rotate with the wheel but, when the brake pedal is pushed, two brake shoes push outward and against the drum to stop the rotation. If your car has anti-lock brakes, a computer is in control of each wheel individually to pump the brakes quickly during a sudden stop to prevent the wheels from locking and the vehicle skidding. The front brakes play a greater part in stopping the car than the rear brakes do because braking throws the weight of the car onto the front wheels. Many cars have disc brakes in the front (which are generally more efficient) and drum brakes in the rear. More than just a disc brake or drum brake, the braking system also includes the brake hose, brake line, brake pad, and brake fluid.
Proper maintenance of your vehicle’s brakes is essential to your safety when driving. Brake elements wear out, but they do so slowly, so you may not notice they need maintenance repair or replacement until it’s too late. Neglecting your braking system can lead to increased repair costs; instead of new brake pads, you may end up needing an entire new brake system. Even worse, neglecting your braking system can lead to complete brake failure. If you watch out for and catch signs of brake wear early on, you can avoid unnecessary maintenance repairs and fees. Some signs of brake wear include screeching when applying brakes, reduced brake responsiveness, the brake pedal sinks when pushed, the vehicle pulls to one side when braking, grinding or growling when braking, and vibration when braking.
For brake maintenance to complete brake overhauls, Dobbs Tire & Auto Centers is your best choice in town to be sure your vehicle’s brakes are operating at top performance. The experienced and expert ASE-certified service technicians provide service using only national brake brands, including high quality Wagner brake shoes and pads —designed to give your vehicle long life, great stopping ability without annoying squeaking, brake noise, or dust build-up. They also offer brake hose, line, pad, and fluid replacements, as well as whole brake system replacements.
At any of Dobbs’ 42 convenient store locations, you can count on the friendly staff to be courteous and professional — and committed to providing you with same day service. Best of all, as a locally owned and family owned company since 1976, at Dobbs Tire & Auto Centers, you have the assurance of knowing that the Dobbs Associates will get the job done right the first time — and stand by their work.